interactive Emergency Preparedness Network
it Takes The "WHOLE COMMUNITY"
Using Technology to Advance the Difficult Missions Emergency Managers Face During Catastrophic Events
“Go Fund Me”, is a tool that can help us build back faster and meet needs that governments simply cannot accommodate, says "former Director of FEMA Craig Fugate!"
Building Proactive Public-Private Partnerships and Cross Organizational Initiatives
As emergency managers, we spend months preparing for the moments we don’t see coming, but when it comes to some of our most powerful tools — and the tools that will resonate most with the public — we don’t know where to turn. It’s time to change that and enlist GoFundMe to help us build back our communities, says "Craig Fugate!"
Currently the engaging processes of the iEPN Network enhancing Disaster Mitigation is comprised of six (6) forceful components that are currently re-organizing Community Resiliency through Public-Private Partnerships
There's No Way Government can solve the challenges of a Disaster with a Government Centric Approach, "It Takes the Whole Team"
“Disaster Alley”, is likened to the US Olympic style games, with a focus on disaster mitigation and public-private partnerships that build “Community Resiliency”
The 911 Visual Communications Network (VCN) is a highly recognized "Line-Of-Sight" method of communication accelerates First-In-Teams to a level of efficiency never experienced in disaster response
The "Disaster Guide" is an indispensable part of our public-private partnerships
The technology of an interactive "touchscreen Kiosk" and PPP’s create portals allowing both public sectors and private sectors to enhance all levels of disaster mitigation
The "Revenue Engine" is distinguished by First Responders as a Mission Critical Tool for designing and building “Community Resiliency”
There is Nothing in business today that provides as much economic and social benefit, on as many levels, to as many stakeholders, as strategic public-private partnerships between any combination of the nonprofit, for-profit, education and government sectors when focused on the "Greater-Good"
building community resiliency
"Getting People From Knowing To Doing"
Emergency Managers Confirm What The iEPN Does In a matter of Weeks Would Take The Public Sector Years To Do
The Family Preparedness Program (FP) has long recognized the value of having standard ways of communicating effectively the need for assistance in the aftermath of disasters. Your emergency light device and color panels for daytime visibility appear to be effective for both air and ground reconnaissance, as attested by the list you have compiled of organizations you have consulted that have accepted the operationalized concept.
Our interest is focused on standard color signals that first responders will recognize as a status of emergency need among the general public. I am aware of your consultation with first responders to achieve consensus as to which colors signal extent of injury, damage, and need for assistance. Law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services are primary in the emergency management community, but the Coast Guard, Civil Air Patrol, and ground elements of the search and rescue community, and airports were also important to include.
I would like to highlight your systems on the interactive telecast on disaster preparedness and fire prevention scheduled on FEMA's Emergency Education Network (EEET}. I also intend to incorporate the signal devices in the FP Program's Good Ideas Book. The Good Ideas Book is a collection of program case studies, reproducible materials, and disaster preparedness and fire prevention tools.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The CFP program, and FEMA generally, have put a priority on including the resources and capabilities of business and industry in disaster preparedness, prevention, response and recovery plans through public/private partnerships. There are, of course, conflict of interest rules that should not be violated, but partnerships in preparedness which draw on and coordinate what different parties have to offer to meet national and community needs are encouraged.
I have been familiar with and encouraged the development of the color coded strobe light concept for over two years. The concept came to us through Bud Proctor, and I have followed his development efforts. He was among the private sector representatives invited to observe the last Family Preparedness conference, in Emmetsburg PA at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI).
A number of CFP program managers were immediately interested, especially those who had disaster experiences in which they had to consider the question of disaster victims vulnerability to others, that is where fear of crime and added vulnerability was an issue. It struck me then and still does that law enforcement agencies are peculiarly equipped and positioned to help identify disaster victims needing both help in disaster response and a measure of visible or implied protection against criminal victimization. To me the signaling system conveys the fact that someone ready to help is looking for those strobe light signals. I believe the association of law enforcement with such a program reinforces that connection.
Some visible means of signaling the need for help speeds the availability of assistance in any disaster situation, but I believe it is especially helpful in dealing with the fear of exposure over an extended time.
I think that will help very much to strengthen our community disaster preparedness programs in a way that is not often well addressed.
The Orange County Office of Emergency Management at this time acknowledges a new and dynamic program that will revolutionize our current methods of first assessment regarding those injured and in need of medical attention, in the aftermath of a disastrous event. We are confident the Visual Communications Network will benefit all public safety agencies within Orange County. We must first however reach a consensus on its merits and applications.
The Visual Communications Network was developed to fulfill a specific need, that being to provide visual communications benefiting Emergency Responders and the General Public. The Visual Communications Network allows the First Responders to go directly to where he/she is needed, without having to go door to door "redundantly" asking the same question "Do you need help?". The Public, for the first time, has the ability in a disaster (Day or Night) to communicate the circumstances of their emergency.
This coalition has the support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other agencies regarding a standardized method of visual communications. We look forward to your support and participation in our continuous effort to serve and protect the citizens of Orange County.
I am delighted to hear that there is an attempt to standardize visual alerting through the "Visual Communications Network. As an emergency management planner and responder, this will assist us in providing the appropriate services in times of emergencies.
I have been an Adjunct Instructor for over 5 years at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg Maryland. At the center, this subject has been discussed many times by my students and fellow associates. The Family Home Protection Program is the key to assist in providing emergency services. I feel that this system should be part of this program.
I have just finished the first congressional seminar for emergency management professionals which was held here in New Jersey, by Congressman Robert Andrews. This seminar was to find out what emergency professions need in the reshaping of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Family Home Protection Program is one start.
It was a great pleasure seeing you once again at the 2016 Florida Governors Hurricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale. Having you with us as Charlotte County received the Public Education Award made it even more special. Our program, KNOW YOUR ZONE WEEK has begun in Charlotte County as our Commissioners passed a proclamation to that effect. As the Emergency Manager, I will continue to hammer home the message “KNOW YOUR ZONE.” The pieces our program are now in place to aid in the event of an evacuation of our area. Our multi-colored vinyl evacuation collars have been placed on stop signs or street signs by volunteers throughout the county to signify in which evacuation zone a person may reside. In fact we have over 9,400 collars in Red, Orange, Yellow and Green. Red is the first zone to be evacuated and Green is the last.
We are proud of where we are today with our “KNOW YOUR ZONE” program, but we are even more excited about what may come to fruition in the near term as we continue to work with you and the Interactive Emergency Preparedness Network (IEPN). I must tell you that the work we did nearly 20 years ago regarding visual communications in a post-disaster setting, the marking system as we know it today was greatly influenced and inspired by Bud Proctor and his views on the need for visual communication’s regarding disaster preparedness. The reflective vinyl collars are similar to those that accompanied the strobe lights in the original design. I am proud of your accomplishments regarding the new program known as the IEPN. Since I constantly attend community functions and meetings in order to present informational and educational materials hoping to raise concern and awareness regarding the responsibilities that each citizen has in our community to achieve a higher understanding of “Being Prepared”, I am particularly interested in your proposal.
The IEPN network can do instantaneously what it would take me a month to do. Since we first met at the National Family Protection Conference at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD almost twenty years ago, I have been intrigued by the possibilities your ideas promote.
I was first enamored with your concepts for a national standard for visual alerting of responders in a post-disaster or emergency situation. In fact, as I indicated earlier, that concept was integral to our own “Know Your Zone” program. I know for many years you have traveled to the National Hurricane Conference, The Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference and many other gatherings of emergency managers, trying to engender support for the Interactive Visual Communication Network.
I believe that your program the IEPN is a system that truly reflects the difference between the “Message and the Messenger.” The IEPN is perhaps the most efficient utilization of hardware and software technology ever conceived. The “Network” aspect is the absolute solution to every element of the Emergency Management communities’ desire for an effective delivery system for information, and educational content management. It is in fact the “Here and Now” conduit for raising public awareness regarding emergency preparedness.
The Emergency Management Community in Florida would be perfect for you to launch this IEPN campaign. I believe that this system not only offers the Emergency Management groups a method of saving precious funds regarding printed materials but more importantly the saving of lives that could otherwise be lost
It is my sincere hope that the IEPN Network will become the new standard for all of us in the Emergency Management community to utilize as a common system for alerting citizens as to the needs both before and after a disaster. Through the use of the IEPN Network we can save lives by reducing frustration and delays inherent to such operations.
Thank you, Bud, for all you have done over the years and for making Charlotte County a partner of the IEPN Network. We look forward to working with you on this project and making our communities the safest they can be.
Yours in Family Preparedness,
Once again, it was a pleasure speaking with you on the phone yesterday about the upcoming year for Prepcon. As mentioned before, I feel that Global Innovations (GI) has a lot to offer in the field of emergency management and emergency preparedness. Your company is the absolute first to take such a proactive role in these areas. As you know, millions of people are affected each year by disasters ranging from hurricanes and tornadoes, to earthquakes and floods. The Interactive Emergency Preparedness Network (IEPN) and the products associated with the IEPN will finally give citizens, businesses, and private organizations standardized tools to prepare themselves to the maximum extent.
I would like to notify you of a couple of opportunities that are upcoming that will allow GI to gain further exposure with emergency management professionals. This added exposure will allow you to share your company concepts and products with these professionals on a person-to person basis. I feel that GI, along with its services and products, will be greatly received and backed by these professionals. As said before, GI has pioneered ideas and concepts that can only strengthen emergency management preparedness and response efforts. I look forward seeing you at the 2016 National Hurricane Conference in Washington DC.
It must be noted that former President George W. Bush, along with the new FEMA Director, Craig Fugate are expected to be present at the National Hurricane Conference. It is expected that Florida Governor Rick Scott will be at the Florida Hurricane Conference, with probably an appearance by the FEMA Director as well. Once again, thank you for "coloring outside of the box" in pioneering ways that people can prepare themselves for emergencies and disasters using the quality standards, programs, and products set forth by you and your company, Global Innovations.
Per our recent conversation about the Interactive Emergency Preparedness Network (IEPN), I am very excited at where we are. The Salvation Army over the last several months has eagerly approached partner organizations on content and participation most specifically the "do it yourself stores"; in this case Home Depot and Wal-Mart on piloting the IEPN program. Even more exciting is the opportunity for us to apply for a grant in the amount of approximately one-million-dollars to get the IEPN pilot program moving forward as quickly as possible. The Grant partners included but not limited to The State of Florida, FEMA, FedEx and Home Depot. The two most prolific stores mentioned above have definitely shown their commitment for building community resilience as their contribution to the communities they serve. The IEPN is just one more innovative way to do just that.
Our focus at this point in time will be to "Brand" the IEPN program over a one year period utilizing the interactive kiosks. The interactive kiosks engage the general public to become active participants in building community resilience. Our method of motivating the public by incentivizing at the point of sale with coupons is quite frankly ingenious. I believe the Salvation Army is in the perfect position to create the IEPN network at a level of 50 stores throughout Florida as we approach the upcoming hurricane season. I believe that this 50 store pilot program is only the beginning for The Salvation Army's utilization of the IEPN concept. What I like the most is that we will be able to work with our sponsors (like Honeywell, Duracell) and reward the public for their good behavior (getting prepared)!
Bud, the Salvation Army would like to partner with Global Innovations as the content manager for this program to maintain and produce the marketing materials needed to engage the public and create exciting content for the.viewers. The Salvation Army will help to find existing Salvation Army partners that are willing and excited to be a part of the IEPN network through sponsorships.
At a recent unveiling of the Network at the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, FLASH, Leslie Chapman Henderson, CEO said, "this could be the Facebook of disaster preparedness. In addition the Salvation Army displayed your interactive kiosk at the 2016 International Association of Emergency Managers Conference held in Orlando Florida. The members of the International Association were frankly "giddy" regarding the IEPN program given the numerous solutions it presents to a multitude of problems regarding disaster awareness and the "communication void" between Public Private sectors. With that kind of excitement generated, I don't know how it won't be successful.
We need to continue to get the most accurate information on the timeline including any support to get this project off the ground. Thank you Bud and all those at Global Innovations for helping make this a success. The Salvation Army has long sought a way to get people from the "knowing" to the "doing" in disaster preparedness. I honestly believe, this is the way to make it work!
The United States First Responders Association is looking forward to working with Global Innovations, the Salvation Army and others with your Interactive Emergency Preparedness Network campaign across the country.
USFRA.org is a nonprofit professional & social network for Public Safety Personnel and the U.S. Armed Forces, plus we work directly with the general public and are very excited about the opportunity to engage and help educate our nation about disaster preparedness and other safety issues using the various iEPN components.
United States First Responders Association"Public Safety Serving Our Community Through Training,Tactics & Education"CorporateDesk@usfra.orgwww.usfra.org
My name is Mike Bindrup and I am the program manager for the Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as part of the Office of Economic Development at UNLV.
I am writing this letter of support for Bud Proctor and his efforts with Global Innovations to establish a new standard in emergency preparedness messaging. I have had the privilege of participating in its strategic planning and development within the capacity of my office here at the Nevada SBDC.
I offer our continued professional support in this endeavor and what I consider as a necessity for our local emergency management community, as well as a national endeavor for community resiliency. Recently with a service we provide to small business startups, our office was very instrumental in helping Global Innovations prepare the pro-forma financial projections for Global Innovations.
If you have any questions or if we can serve you in anyway during your consideration for supporting this project, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for the material you sent me and your call on Tuesday informing me of the new ‘Interactive Visual Communication System’ you are developing with your colleagues and with Billy Wagner and his associates. I have discussed your program with my colleague, Dr. Phil Klotzbach. We both agree that this new system to be placed in a variety of popular stores and business outlets across the country would be a new and innovative way to transmit emergency information rapidly to a large audience which might be under severe weather or other emergency conditions.
We also see this as a unique way to educate the public on severe weather and other needed community items that could help reduce lost lives and damage.
Phil and I would be interested in learning more about your system and would likely participate in such a program to the extent that our specialized knowledge of hurricanes and meteorology could be utilized. As your program further develops let us know how you think our special talents might be utilized.